DOVER, Del. — With the No. 88 Chevrolet’s regular driver back in the garage, Jeff Gordon topped the practice chart Saturday morning with a 160.514-mph lap at Dover International Speedway.
Gordon was driving in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is sidelined the remainder of the season while recovering from a concussion. Earnhardt was in the Dover garage Saturday morning after announced earlier this week that he would be at the 1-mile oval Saturday and Sunday, planning to watch the Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.
Gordon, who was Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate for eight seasons before retiring in 2015, also will drive the No. 88 at Martinsville Speedway. Alex Bowman will drive the car in the remaining six races this season.
The 55-minute practice was shortened by 15 minutes because of rain.